Audition

Audition Requirements for All Students

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The Yale Symphony Orchestra will be auditioning all instruments for our 52nd season. Audition dates for the 2017-18 Season will be August 29th for returning members, and August 30th - September 1st for new auditions.

Sign up here for an audition slot. You are welcome to contact brian.s.robinson@yale.edu with any questions. 

The excerpts listed on this page are the excerpts that will be used for YSO auditions.

Students from all divisions of Yale University are invited to audition. However, priority for positions in the YSO goes to undergraduate students of Yale College.

All auditioning students must prepare:

  • A 2-minute portion of a solo work
  • ALL of the excerpts for the instrument(s) they wish to audition on (see below)

Students who wish to audition on auxiliary instruments (ex. piccolo, English horn) should prepare all excerpts for the auxiliary instrument as well as all excerpts for the primary instrument. Auditioning on an auxiliary instrument when possible is highly encouraged.

Students who were named alternates in the previous school year should audition as new members.

Auditions for new players will last 10 minutes. Auditions for returning players will last 5 minutes. The repertoire played in the audition will be chosen from the above at the discretion of the music director.

Audition Requirements for String Principals

String principal auditions are open to returning members only. In addition to the repertoire listed above, players who wish to audition for a string principal position must prepare the excerpts listed here. That is, they should prepare a solo work, all of the “tutti” excerpts for the appropriate instrument, and all of the “principal” excerpts.

For the 2017-2018 season, principal auditions will take place 3-6pm on Monday, September 4th.

 

Audition Excerpts

Click on excerpt titles to download PDFs of the excerpts.

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/English Horn | Clarinet/E-flat/Bass Clarinet | Bassoon/Contrabassoon
French Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Tuba | Percussion | Harp | String Principals


Violin​​​​ Mozart – Symphony No. 39: 1st Movement, m. 1-90
Brahms – Symphony No. 2: 1st Movement, letter E to F
Mendelssohn – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Beginning to 7 after D
Smetana - Overture to the Bartered Bride: Entire first page, 73 bars
Strauss – Don Juan: 1st page

Viola Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 2nd Movement, Theme and Variations
Brahms – Symphony No. 3: 1st Movement, from E to G
Mendelssohn – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: C to D
Strauss – Don Juan: 1st page
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6: 1st Movement, Bar 19 to 23, and Letter B to D

Cello Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 2nd Movement, Theme and Variations
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 3rd Movement, m. 1 to 18
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 3rd Movement, Trio, m. 141 to 177
Brahms - Symphony No. 3: 1st Movement, Letter L to M; 3rd Movement, first 16 bars
Debussy – La Mer: 1st Movement, from 2 before 9, 8 bars
Strauss – Don Juan: 1st Page
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6: 1st Movement, Bar 89-101; 2nd Movement, Beginning to Letter A

Double Bass Mozart – Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”: 1st Movement
Mozart – Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”: 4th Movement
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 3rd Movement, m. 1 to 18
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 3rd Movement, Trio, m. 141 to 177
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9: Finale, all the recitatives 
Brahms – Symphony No. 2: Finale, Opening to 10 after A
Strauss – Don Juan: From 7 after O, 13 bars

Flute Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun: Opening
Mendelssohn – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Solo
Brahms – Symphony No. 1: 4th Movement, m. 38 to C
Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf: The Bird (first time)
Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3: m. 328-360
Brahms - Symphony No. 4: m. 93-105

Piccolo Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4: 3rd Movement, solo in Trio, m. 194-197
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4: 3rd Movement, m. 365 to 398
Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra: 3rd Movement from 123 to the end
Beethoven – Symphony No. 9: 4th Movement, m. 343 to K
Rossini - Semiramide Overture: Allegro section, m. 190-195

Oboe Strauss – Don Juan: Solo from M to N
Brahms – Violin Concerto: 2nd Movement, Opening Solo
Rossini – La Scala di Seta: Solo
Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin: 1st Movement, Opening
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3: 2nd mvmt, opening solo

English Horn Dvorak – Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”: 2nd Movement
Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture: Introduction Solo

Clarinet Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”: 1st Movement from K
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”: 2nd Movement from D to E
Mendelssohn – Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Opening to B
Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnole: 1st Movement from C, 25 bars
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6: 1st movement
     -Letter B to D
     -Letter T to Andante mosso

E-flat Clarinet Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2: From 200 to 204
Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring: From the 3rd bar after 56 to 57

Bass Clarinet Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite: 3rd Movement, Cadenzas
Strauss – Don Quixote: From 16 to 18

Bassoon Beethoven – Symphony No. 4: 4th Movement Solo
Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture: Opening
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4: 2nd Movement, from m. 274
Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring: Opening Solo
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade: 2nd Movement
     -Beginning to Letter A
     -Letter L to M

Contrabassoon Brahms – Symphony No. 3: 4th Movement, M to N
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5: 4th Movement, Opening to B

French Horn Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel: Opening Solo
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5: 2nd Movement, Solo
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5: 1st Movement, 17 to 20
Dvorak – Symphony No. 9: 4th Movement, from 4 bef. 11 to 11
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3: 3rd mvmt, opening of Trio to the double bar
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7: 1st mvmt, m. 84-102

Trumpet Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3: Off Stage Fanfare
Mussorgsky – Picutures at an Exhibition: Promenade, opening
Stravinsky – Petroushka: From 69 to 70
Debussy – Nocturnes: Fêtes, muted middle section
Mahler – Symphony No. 5: 1st mvmt Opening Solo

Trombone Ravel – Bolero: Solo
Rossini – William Tell Overture: Storm
Wagner – Tannhäuser Overture: From 1 before H to the end
Mozart  – Requiem: Tuba Mirum, Opening to m. 18

Bass Trombone Brahms – Symphony No. 1
Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust: March Hongroise, m. 99-120
Brahms – Symphony No. 1: Finale, C to 5 after C
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5: 2nd movement
     -m. 95-107
     -m. 158-165

Tuba Wagner – Die Meistersinger Overture: From letter I to L
Stravinsky – Petroushka: Bear Theme (No. 100)
Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique: 5th Movement, (Dies Irae) Coda
Mahler – Symphony No. 1: 3rd Movement, 4 bars before [3] to [4]

Percussion Snare Drum
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade: 3rd Movement, D to E
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade: 4th Movement, Q to R
Tambourine
Dvorak – Carnival Overture: Opening
Cymbal
Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet: From E to F
Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain: S to 4 after T
Xylophone
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess: First Solo
Bells
Mozart – The Magic Flute: Bell Solo
Timpani
Beethoven – Symphony No. 9: Scherzo, A to B; 1 before E for 14 bars; F to H
Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis: 2nd Movement, Solos

Harp Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker: The Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza
Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, rh. Gg to end
Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique: 2nd Movement
     -2 bars before [21] to [22]
     -[32] to Animato 

Piano/Celeste Stravinsky – Petroushka: Solo (piano)
Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Opening and Cadenza (celeste)
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1, mvmt. 2, 2 before rh. 18 to rh. 22
Copland – Hoe-Down: Whole Piece

String Principals

Violin
Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake: Pas de Deux (White Swan)
Rimsky Korsakov – Scheherazade: All Solos
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5: 2nd Movement, Solo
Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra: Solo, 12 bars before 26 to 31
Dvorak - Symphony No. 8: 2nd mvmt solo, letter D to 8 bars before E

Viola
Elgar – Enigma Variations: 10th Variation, Intermezzo (entire movement)
Enescu – Rumanian Rhapsody #1: Solo at 7
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto #6: 1st Movement, first page; 3rd Movement (entire movement)
Kodaly - Hary Janos: 3rd mvmt, solo

Cello
Rossini – William Tell Overture: Solo
Brahms – Piano Concerto #2: 2nd Movement, Solo
Suppe – Poet and Peasant Overture: opening solo (16 bars)
PucciniTosca: 1st (top) part, Act III, 12 measures before [10] to [11]

Double Bass
Bach – Violin Concerto in E Major: 2nd Movement (entire movement)
Mahler – Symphony No. 1: 3rd Movement, Opening Solo
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije Suite: 2nd Movement (Romance), Solo
Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals: No. 5 Elephant

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/English Horn | Clarinet/E-flat/Bass Clarinet | Bassoon/Contrabassoon
French Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Tuba | Percussion | Harp | String Principals